Induction to Music resources @SHL

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Induction to Music resources available at Senate House Library. (September 2015)


  • COLIN HOMISKIResearch LibrarianMusic, Art, Film, Media, Philosophy & Theology

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  • Both classification systems have similar prefixes

    LC Music Classification [Kings] M (music scores) + number

    ML (music literature) + number

    MT (music theory) + number Dewey Classification [Senate House]

    M (music scores) +number

    ML (music books) +number

  • LC Music Classification M (music scores)

    Collected editions (M2-M3.3)

    Quartets (string quartets M452)

    ML (music literature) ML410 (composer biographies)

    MT (music theory) MT40 (12-tone/tonality


    Dewey Classification 780 (General)

    780.8 (collected score editions)

    780.92 (biographical/analytical books related to composer)

    781 (Theory/Analysis)

    782 (Dramatic music)

    783 (Vocal sacred)

    784 (Vocal secular)

    785 (Orch/Instrumental) 785.74 (Quartets)

    786 (Keyboard insts)

    787 (String insts)

    788 (Wind insts)

    789 (Perc/Electr insts)

  • Books (Goldsmiths & Middlesex South Reading Rooms) Regular octavo size books (Goldsmiths) Reference works (Bibliographies, Indices, Catalogues) (Goldsmiths) Folio books (Middlesex South) Rapid Reference (Groves Dictionary and language dictionaries)

    (Middlesex South) Scores (Middlesex South Library Reading Room)

    Regular scores (from 723.23 in gallery) Miniature scores (ALL in gallery) Extra large Collected works

    Periodicals Current Ones --(Periodicals Reading Room) Older ones Stack ServiceRecordingsSee Colin

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  • Dictionary Groves Dictionary / Encyclopedia of Popular

    Music Bibliographical

    RILM (1967-present)

    RIPM (1850-1950+)

    IIMP Full text


    Academic Search Complete Citation Index

    Web of Science


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